23. How to Make a Pretty Wedding Card

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Stop daydreaming, Jenny…!’

June, and the wedding season is underway. We do prepare wedding flowers for people all year round but you can imagine the steady stream from now until September.

I always thought that if I ever got married I wouldn’t choose the summer. Better to go for December/January/February when you know the weather isn’t going to be good so it’s one less thing to worry about.

I wouldn’t have wanted to go over the top with any aspect – a simple dress, a simple rose posy and a lot of family and friends. I don’t understand the stress people put themselves through to try to impress their guests with the swankiest venue, the most indulgent cake, the most generous favours and the biggest diamond (and probably the biggest overdraft at the end of it).

Hmmm, I wonder what my groom would have looked like…

‘Jenny, are you ready to go?’ Jaz interrupted my daydream to remind me to speed up a bit with the final corsage, which was for the bride’s mother and had to be presented to her in a special box supplied by the bride. Our tissue-covered cardboard boxes weren’t extravagant enough for the two mums and the bride had found some ‘exquisite lacquered boxes with a design in Swarovski crystals on the lid. Oh, you’ll love them when you see them,’ she’d swooned. I didn’t, but hopefully the mums would.

I know it would never have been Phil at the alter next to me in my simple dress with my simple rose posy. Although we’d been partners for a few years in the dim and distant past, he found it difficult to commit even to a weekend away so playing the part of dutiful husband for the rest of his life would have been a massive step too far. I bet I’d have been at the alter on my own! He did me the biggest favour when he called it a day, and I was surprised how easy it was for us to separate. We’d led quite separate lives really and I suppose I couldn’t have imagined ever having them completely intermingled. Could I see that with anyone? I’m not sure I could anymore. salvagebox.co.uk - Blue sittingBlue and I are just fine.

Anyway, enough daydreaming and back to this week’s creation which is something for a more down to earth wedding than most you see these days. Have you ever been to a vintage style wedding, or a shabby chic one? Is there a difference? You see them in magazines but I wonder whether anyone really has the courage to pare it down to garden flowers in jam jars on the tables and old clothes made into bunting.

If you’ve got friends who love this look and love the idea of salvaging something so it can be reused, then (apart from telling them about Salvage Box) you could make a card for them like this one using pages from an old Laura Ashley catalogue. You may remember the last time I used the Laura Ashley catalogue was to make origami butterflies in episode 15. There are many more pages left!

Blue's signatureFirst I chose some appropriate pages from the catalogue.

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Then I used my Cricut to cut the hearts out. You can hand cut them, of course, but the Cricut cuts them neatly and quickly so if you want to prepare a stash of them in one go then it’s a brilliant machine for that.

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I used a blank card (with envelope) from Hobbycraft and gathered some wedding bits and pieces together to see what worked best as a design.

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I decided on three hearts down the middle and chose the most appropriate six so I could have two layers on each (avoiding the ones with lettering on from the catalogue descriptions!). I stitched them on using the sewing machine.

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I printed and glued a sheet for the middle with a message on and printed ‘Wedding Day’ on another piece of catalogue page so I could cut that out and stitch it to the front of the card. I just did a few stitches at either side of the printing.

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The lovely finishing touch was adding a little pearl bead to the top of each double heart. They weren’t going to hold with glue so I hand sewed them to the machine stitches which worked beautifully.

salvagebox.co.uk - heart card

salvagebox.co.uk - heart card

salvagebox.co.uk - heart card

This bit of recycling isn’t going to be appropriate for every couple on their wedding day but for some it will be perfect. And you needn’t think about it just for weddings – here is a valentine card and a new baby card using some more of the hearts I’d cut out, stitched on in the same way.

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  • Rather than sewing backwards and forwards to secure your thread, pull the upper thread to the inside of the card and tie a couple of knots. You can hide this using the paper insert with the message on.

Salvaged Items:

  • Pages from an old Laura Ashley catalogue

It’s a while since we did anything with paper – hope you liked it.

If you have a go then please let us all see by posting a picture on our Facebook page.

Thank you!

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